It’s hard to relax in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, what with all the dragons, shadow demons, White Walkers and people having sex wherever you look. Cooperstown, New York’s Ommegang Brewery is about to give George R. R. Martin fans (or just beer fans) a chance to unwind with the release of four Game of Thrones-themed brews. First up is the Iron Throne Blonde Ale coming out at the end of the month. We went all Lord Varys and tasted it early to bring you the pertinent info and help you decide whether it’s worth shelling out $8.50 worth of Gold Dragons for a 750ml bottle.
This is a very drinkable, Belgium-style beer. It’s brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel giving it a light, citrus-y kick for a pleasing summery taste. It has only 6.5 percent alcohol-by-volume so you might be able to knock back a few at lunch and still be in sound enough mind and body to take down some Lannisters. Also, in general, we’re strong proponents of the merging of pop culture and food culture.
The connection between the show and the beer is a little hazy. They say it’s referencing the blonde Joffrey Baratheon sitting on the Iron Throne and that it’s “fair in color and soft in appearance, yet it still possesses a complexity and bite to be on guard for.” That sounds almost as wedged in as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane’s head in Tyrion “the Imp” Lannister’s helmet. Plus, a grains of paradise- and lemon peel-flavored summer ale reminds of something. And why are they making a summer ale when winter is coming?
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I’m currently writing from Portland, Oregon, the promise land of coffee and beer. Abounding in coffee shops and breweries, the relatively small city of Portland has 51 breweries and is home to the well-known Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Portland has inspired me to highlight the Perky Black and Tan. The classic two-hued Black and Tan is normally made with pale ale and Guinness, but this version layers dark, smoky coffee stout on top of pale ale. Though the recipe is simple (only two ingredients), it’s the technique that may take some practice. Use an inverted spoon to gently pour the stout on top of the pale ale for two distinctive layers.
Finally: a drink where coffee break meets cocktail hour.
Bottoms up, folks.
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The craft beer industry in the U.S.A. has grown exponentially in recent years, after decades of American beer being ridiculed by Europeans as being unsophisticated, weak and watered down. Nowadays, there are hundreds of microbreweries in the U.S. to bring pride to the American beer industry, with thousands of formidable brews being made in classic styles as well as some experimental ones. And leave it to Denver-based Wynkoop Brewery, Colorado’s first brewpub, to step up this trend of experimentation with its new Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout — made with bull testicles
. How’s that for something an American can be proud of?
“We take our beer very seriously. We’re artists. Our people in the brew house are artists,” said Wynkoop spokesman Marty Jones, the idea man behind the peculiar concoction. “So, there was some reservation about what this would do … but fortunately our brewers had the balls, if you will, to step up and make the beer.” (My conversation with him at the Wynkoop brewpub was filled with many puns like this.)
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As you prepare yourself for a football-filled weekend, ask yourself whether there’s more to beer than a cold can of Bud. If you’re anything like me, hours of watching football calls for great food and, of course, great drinks. For a creative way to consume football’s favorite beverage, try Alie and Georgia’s Beer Float Your Boat Cocktail.
You don’t want to miss a moment of the game, which means football food needs to be quick and simple, and the same goes with this beer cocktail. All you need are three delicious ingredients: Dulce de leche ice cream (really any flavor you prefer will do), chocolate stout and sweet butterscotch schnapps. Though beer (and football) purists may gawk, this chocolate stout float is more like a boozy, beer-filled dessert than a replacement for your favorite brew. So whether you’re celebrating a victory or drowning your sorrows, your weekend of football frenzy will be met with an indulgent treat.
Bottoms up, folks.
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Jennifer Garner stars in new comedy Butter
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
- Butter-sculpting is in fact a real competition at the Iowa State Fair, and Jennifer Garner’s newest comedy shows just how intense the dairy sport can be. Seriously, it’s a “3-D re-creation of DaVinci’s Last Supper” kind of extreme. – Tasting Table
- There are tons of beer recipes around the blogs right now and we’re totally okay with that. Ezra Pound Cake’s beer cheese soup is high on our to-do list.
- Bakers Royale puts an American twist on the classic French macaron by adding Snickers.
- This football Sunday, grab a beer and try Domestic Fits’ pizza stuffed pretzel rolls.
- Hungry Happenings shows you how to add a touch of Halloween whimsy to your appetizers. All it takes is food coloring, a spooky stamp and a delicious recipe.
- Get festive this October with our fun and frightful Halloween recipes.
- Looking for more ways to sneak your favorite candy bars into dessert? Bake them into a brownie!
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How can you make eating barbecue even better? Add unlimited beer and bourbon tastings, of course. At the Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival that kicked off in New York City this past weekend, revelers ate their way through pulled pork sandwiches and classic collard greens while sucking down craft brews and whiskeys. New York City was just the first of an eight-stop tour that might be coming soon to a city near you. Check out what we chowed down on, below.
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Your dad deserves a beer-pretzel cheese ball.
What do you make for the man who claims to have invented “pull my finger,” and who still responds to “I’m hungry” with, “Hi, Hungry, I’m Dad”? The man who proudly drove a minivan with the vanity plate GR8 DAD throughout your youth, dishing out lame puns (“Did you hear the Energizer Bunny got arrested? Charged with battery!”) as he carpooled you around town.
This guy deserves the best. And the cheesiest, to match his humor. Make him a cheese ball, a dad-friendly anytime snack that’s perfect for pop.
Because what says dad better than beer, pretzels, cheese . . . and bad jokes?
Here’s the recipe:
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Heavenly Strawberry Layer Cake, Sugaree's Bakery - New Albany, MS
The first annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival has now wrapped, and the inaugural weekend for food and wine lovers was delicious and fun down to the last slice…
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"Guinness still stands as a classic choice for drinkers worldwide," says Greg.
For years, Greg Engert has been my go-to source for all things beer-related. An English major turned professional beer director — essentially, a sommelier of beer — Greg currently presides over the extensive beer list at Washington D.C.’s Birch & Barley restaurant and the cool beer bar upstairs, Churchkey. His knowledge of beer is encyclopedic, but he’s never snobby about it.
So when I needed some insight into the world of Irish beer beyond Guinness, I knew he’d be able to provide.
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We’ve been waiting and waiting and finally the end of September is here, and Oktoberfest has arrived! This year marks Munich’s Oktoberfest’s 200th anniversary. Which, we think, just means more drinking beer and that makes us happy. The typical style of beer that is consumed at Oktoberfest in Munich is a style called Märzen, which is traditionally a full-bodied malty seasonal lager, in addition to the mega liters of ubiquitous Pilseners and Hefeweizens being lifted throughout the world over this 17-day beer extravaganza. But we Beer Chicks like to do things a little differently. Why limit ourselves to the typically consumed? We’ve found Oktoberfest as a time to spread our wings and celebrate the German beer styles that don’t get as much attention as the others, but are delightful in more ways that one!
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